So you’ve got your tickets to the World Cup in 2022. You may or may not have booked your flights, but that’s okay. But if you’ve looked for a hotel or an Airbnb, none of them are available right now for World Cup 2022. So, if you’re looking for hotel options and need to find accommodation during the World Cup, what do you do? In short, here’s how to find hotels for World Cup in Qatar and surrounding countries.
One option is to book a Fan Village Cabin through the official Qatar 2022 website. But be forewarned that the “cabin” looks like a cross between a modified shipping container and a tiny, portable classroom. Similarly, we’re hearing that the Fan Villages Cabins are not air conditioned. Furthermore, be aware that the cabins are in the desert. In conclusion, don’t expect a comfortable, hotel-like experience.
From our research, the process of finding hotel accommodations through the Qatar 2022 portal is extremely difficult and frustrating. To reduce the stress, we’ve compiled this guide on how to find hotels for World Cup in Qatar.
How to find hotels for the World Cup in Qatar
In an ideal world, fans traveling to Qatar for the World Cup would be as central to the World Cup as possible. After all, one of the selling points for the Qatar World Cup is the close proximity of each stadium in the tournament. The two farthest stadiums from one another are just 46 miles away. Comparatively, the two closest stadiums for the 2018 World Cup in Russia outside of Moscow were well over 175 miles apart.
Therefore, let’s start by looking at potential accommodations in and around Qatar.
Perhaps you were curious in how to find actual hotels for the World Cup in Qatar. Unfortunately, according to the Qatar World Cup website, those currently have no availability. Those were likely the first accommodations to be snatched up, with almost all hotels being in the central area of Doha.
There are other options, however, that do not require you to stay in Doha.
Staying outside of Qatar
There are reasons to stay outside of Qatar, then commute into the country to watch a game or be a part of the atmosphere.
A number of airlines that call the Persian Gulf home will offer transportation via plane shuttles during the World Cup. For example, Qatar Airways, flydubai, Oman Air, Kuwait Airways and Saudi Airlines will fly daily shuttle routes. There will be roughly 160 shuttle flights per day.
According to Qatar Airways, flights are $298 USD for economy.
These shuttle planes plan to arrive five hours before any given match. Then, according to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker, fans will have plenty of time to board the planes to return to their country of stay. Those looking to partake in this must have three things secured. For one, there is the Hayya Card completed and accessible. Fans must also have a match ticket. Those looking to get into the country for restaurants or other activities will need other transportation. Finally, fans must book a flight that arrives in Doha at least four hours before kickoff.
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Here is what this opens up.
Staying in neighboring countries
There are plenty of hotel possibilities in cities like Muscat (Oman), Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Dammam (Saudi Arabia). Clearly, if the airplane situation opens up doors like it is intended to, then fans will be able to travel between countries.
The drawbacks are clear. Fans that do not have tickets will be unable to use the service. Also, even if fans do have tickets, traveling for multiple games could easily stack up. This is particularly true for fans of countries that make a deep run in the tournament.
Still, hotels in any of the cities mentioned above should provide relatively straightforward travel between countries.
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United States travelers and Visas
One resource is to go straight through the 2022 Qatar World Cup website. Here, you can try to book accommodations, purchase match tickets and access your Hayya Card. First things first, make sure the Hayya Card is taken care of. That provides access to getting into Qatar, getting into stadiums and receiving free transportation in the country via bus or metro.
The Hayya Card acts as an entry visa for travelers in Qatar. This is a mandatory card for travelers coming for the World Cup. It is required for entry into the country and entry into each stadium while at the World Cup.
However, here are the options available when trying to find hotels for the World Cup physically in Qatar.
There are certain hurdles. Most of the following accommodations require proof of ticketing to book. Consequently, fans just trying to get to the country for the experience are more limited. Your best bet is to buy your match tickets first, and then you can book your hotel and flights later.
Currently, the aforementioned fan villages have three locations available on the outskirts of Qatar. At a price point of $208 per night, this is the most affordable option for fans coming to Qatar for the World Cup. But remember you get what you pay for. The three options are just south of Doha, north near Lusail Stadium and more west of Doha.
Fans can either have two twin beds or one full bed in their accommodation. Keep in mind, this is far from the luxury Qatar builds up in Doha. It basically is a place to sleep and get ready for the day. Each fan village is more or less the same, just located in a different spot. There is free WiFi, two bottles of water each day, twice-weekly housekeeping service and relatively easy access to Doha via metro.
There is no indication of air conditioning in these pods, so tourists in these fan villages will rely on the cooler evenings.
The Qatar World Cup Fan Villages will also provide access to camping options. More information on that will become available closer to the World Cup.
Apartments and Villas
Taking a step up in both price and quality, the apartments in Qatar range from just under $1,000 a night. There is also an option for the ultimate budget traveler at around $80 per night, but it more resembles a college dorm than a villa or apartment.
Availability for these is all over the place. At some locations, there is ‘high availability,’ while others have no availability six months out from the World Cup. Also, due to the range of options, there are apartments and villas spanning from Al Janoub Stadium in the south to Al Khor in the northern part of the country.
Some options, such as in Al Wakrah, feature three-bedroom apartments for roughly $530 per night. This can be configured to have six beds for six travelers if some people wanted to travel in a group.
Something to keep in mind, however, is that some apartments and villas will have air conditioning, while others will not. All will have the standard housekeeping several times per week, WiFi access, basic kitchen appliances and access to transportation.
For those interested in learning how to find hotels for the World Cup in Qatar, there is one interesting option. A pair of cruise ships from MSC Cruises will be docked at Doha’s Grand Terminal. This is just outside the center of the city, meaning it provides easy access to activities and transportation to the stadiums.
As of now, the two cruise ships are either $180 per night on the MSC Poesia and $350 per night on the MSC World Europa. Reason being, the World Europa is still under construction as of May 2022, making the Qatar World Cup fans staying aboard among the first to reside on the ship. Staying on a cruise ship for the Qatar World Cup would be just like going on a cruise vacation. There are dinner and drink options aboard, and there are entertainment options on both.
The rooms are relatively small, as is the standard on cruise ships. However, there is availability six months from the World Cup.
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